Janet is the founder and CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), a global network of young women and men who are invested in their communities as leaders of change and social innovators. In communities across Africa, the Middle East and Canada, DOT youth are bridging the gender digital divide, transforming their communities, and creating opportunities.
A passionate believer in the power and potential of young people as catalysts for positive global change, Janet works tirelessly to promote the meaningful engagement of youth for a resilient and inclusive future economy.
As a member of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation's Business Leaders Caucus, Janet contributes expertise on collaboration and cooperation between the private sector, governments, and civil society in service of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Janet is a co-founder of Catalyst 2030, a global movement of social change innovators who are collaborating to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Through Catalyst 2030 she shares insights on how social entrepreneurs and youth can be engaged in front-line COVID-19 response and community resilience efforts.
In 2016, Janet was distinguished with a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of her strong example of social innovation and leadership that brings considerable honour to Canada.
Janet is a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a Senior Ashoka Fellow, and sits on ITU’s EQUALS Global Partnership steering committee. From 2014-2016 she was an active member on the WEF Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals. Janet is a recipient of the CATA Alliance Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2011), and has been recognized as a Trailblazer and Trendsetter by the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2012).
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- Social Innovation; Youth Perspectives; Gender Inequality
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- North America, Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Europe, United Kingdom, South Africa, Uganda, USA, Ghana, Ethiopia, Canada, Lebanon, Jordan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) is a youth-led movement of daring social innovators who have the tools, knowledge and networks to create opportunities and transform their own communities. DOT believes in the power of youth-led innovation, that communities can be shaped by empowering youth to create sustainable initiatives inspired by community needs, and that social innovation is accelerated when supported by digital technology.
Its growing network of 6,000 youths has created opportunities for more than 1 million people in communities across Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and indigenous Canada. DOT youths are social innovators, digital ambassadors and community leaders whose initiatives create a ripple effect of opportunity for themselves and others, leading to jobs, businesses, sustainable social and economic change, and transformed, resilient communities.
Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with locally managed offices in Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda, DOT works in 25 countries as development innovators and catalysts.